“An Exercise in Love” by Diane di Prima

An Exercise in Love

for Jackson Allen

My friend wears my scarf at his waist
I give him moonstones
He gives me shell & seaweeds
He comes from a distant city & I meet him
We will plant eggplants & celery together
He weaves me cloth

                    Many have brought the gifts
                    I use for his pleasure
                    silk, & green hills
                    & heron the color of dawn

My friend walks soft as a weaving on the wind
He backlights my dreams
He has built altars beside my bed
I awake in the smell of his hair & cannot remember
his name, or my own.


Diane di Prima, 1934-2020

“An Exercise in Love” from Pieces of a Song
© 1990 by Diane di Prima

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

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